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Luca Pizzorno

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Luca Pizzomo’s art since he moved from Milan to New York’s Lower East Side some years back has been primitivist, in the Modernist plastic sense, and primitive, in the psychological sense of the term in cultural anthropology. Such a framework of the primitive and the primitivist is hardly an appealing one today, as it has been so abused with misconceptions and overexposure, from the appropriations of neo-Expressionist posturing to the mundane level of kitsch such co-opting has taken since the ’50s.

Pizzorno’s gift is to use the tribal cliche in a way that shows he is aware of its colonializing Western mentality (though not as conceptually explicit in his politics as others, such as Julie Wachtel) and that is also authentic at heart in its determinate rejection of “culture.” He reveals the tired and misconceived delusions of superiority by which “we” anthropologically dig up and examine

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